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PrairieFire Named as Potential Acquiror of Front Sight in Bankruptcy Filing

After filing for bankruptcy in May 2022, Front Sight Training Facility may head under new management as PrairieFire steps in to take control.

    What started with lifetime memberships ended in bankruptcy after Nevada training facility Front Sight declared bankruptcy in May 2022.

    Now the famed site may get a chance at new life under new leadership as PrairieFire steps in.

    (Photo: Front Sight)

    PrairieFire is set to acquire Front Sight in a potential $24 million deal pending bankruptcy process and confirmation, according to court documents filed in Nevada.

    In an exclusive interview with PrairieFire’s CEO Bill Wilson, Pew Pew Tactical got all the information on PrairieFire’s business, potential plans for Front Sight, and what current Front Sight members can expect moving forward.

    Update: The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada confirmed the reorganization plan put forth by PrairieFire. More info down below.

    Table of Contents


    Front Sight: Lifetime Memberships & Bankruptcy

    Founded in 1996 by Dr. Ignatius Piazza, a California Chiropractor, Front Sight was made famous by claims of lifetime memberships that included unlimited training.

    Nestled in Pahrump, Nevada, on 550 acres of land, it boasted range facilities and hosted a variety of gun courses. But it wasn’t without controversy.

    (Photo: Front Sight)

    Front Sight and Piazza were embroiled in lawsuits in 2007 and 2018 over their business practices. The latest of which left the company in dire financial straits.

    This came after promises of a multi-million-dollar expansion remained unfulfilled years after investors and members had been guaranteed a resort and other amenities.

    A rendering of the resort that contributed to the downfall of the company. (Photo: Front Sight)

    In January 2022, a letter was sent to Front Sight members announcing a complete restructuring of the business. This plan included new fees and a loss of several membership perks. Infuriated, members lashed out against Piazza, even creating a Facebook group to collect complaints about the site and its founder.

    Ultimately, Front Sight filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2022.

    That’s where PrairieFire came in.

    Who is PrairieFire?

    Promising a completely overhauled take on training and membership, PrairieFire is, in essence, a training facility; but it’s not your average, run-of-the-mill range.

    At the helm of PrairieFire is Bill Wilson, a former Navy SEAL who served as Platoon Commander at SEAL Teams One and Three. (It’s worth mentioning that, though they share a name, PrairieFire’s Wilson is not the same Bill Wilson that heads Wilson Combat.)

    PrairieFire CEO Bill Wilson. (Photo: PrairieFire)

    Under Wilson’s leadership, PrairieFire aims to revolutionize how people train by combining tactics from military, law enforcement, and the competition sectors.

    “What Jeff Cooper did in the 60s and 70s was revolutionize the way people train. We want to be the second wave of that,” Wilson emphasized.

    Wilson said that’s achieved through a three-pronged approach that balances training with a cadre of elite instructors adept at teaching to all skill levels, championships that offer an incentive for training, and fun experiences that leave people with a smile on their faces.

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    Wilson believes training should be fun and purposeful.

    At its core, PrairieFire seeks to balance fun with quality training in a welcoming environment.

    “The underlying philosophy for us is that we celebrate firearms ownership. It’s something that should be celebrated. It’s not something that should be hidden in the shadows. We think gun ownership should be balanced by the responsibility to use it safely and proficiently. We’re here to do that in a safe and welcoming way.”

    PrairieFire is already hosting events around the U.S., with the biggest set for October 28, 2022. The winner will take home a $100,000 prize; next year, that jackpot goes up to $1 million.

    (Photo: PrairieFire)

    It doesn’t stop there. The company launched a patent-pending RANK scoring system.

    This newly developed system allows users to download a target, take it to the range, shoot two courses of fire at set yardage, and then upload their target for review. A mathematical score will be assigned, and shooters can see how they rank among other shooters.

    RANK — a new scoring system for shooters. (Photo: PrairieFire)

    “There’s no paywall. You shoot a target from a prescribed distance and get immediate feedback,” Wilson said. “We think this is going to be the catalyst for getting more people involved in shooting.”

    An app is in development and will launch by the end of 2022.

    PrairieFire’s Plans for Front Sight

    The most obvious question is, what does PrairieFire intend to do with Front Sight and its facility?

    Wilson said pending confirmation from the bankruptcy court, the company envisions a place for training, experiences, and competition for all outdoor enthusiasts under the new name, PrairieFire Center.

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    The company wants to offer a welcoming place for shooters of all levels.

    “We are going to invest millions in this property and turn it into the world’s preeminent destination for training competitions and experiences,” Wilson explained. “We’re assembling an extraordinary team, and our goal is to build out Front Sight. It’s a big, beautiful, blank canvas, and we want to take that to the next level.”

    Though an RV resort and other amenities are in the works for the future, in the meantime, PrairieFire will use the existing areas of the Front Sight facility to host classes and events.

    Wilson said Front Sight’s current three areas will fulfill different needs of various membership levels.

    Members can expect to see ranges devoted to recreational shooting, private instruction, hardcore training, competition shooting, fun experiences, and precision long-range shooting.

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    There will be opportunities to do a wide variety of training.

    “We want as many people as we can bring into this industry. We want to provide them with something fun, something satisfying and continue to grow the sport. It’s vitally important.”

    As for Piazza, the polarizing figure at the head of Front Sight, Wilson assured Pew Pew Tactical that Piazza would not have anything to do with the strategy or management of PrairieFire.

    “Unequivocally, Dr. Piazza has no future employment in my company, period. He will not work at PrairieFire,” Wilson explained.

    Dr. Ignatius Piazza, former CEO and founder of Front Sight. (Photo: Front Sight)

    “This is a transaction. [Dr. Piazza] is not involved in any business making decisions or management. He will not have, nor will he ever have, any ownership or equity stake in the business. We’re completely independent from him,” Wilson said. 

    PrairieFire already has a team dedicated to turning the tides, including some notable names like World Champion Todd Jarrett and Olympian Lanny Barnes.

    “If you look at our team, it’s an incredible team of people that really brings something to the table,” Wilson said. “It’s just an extraordinary team. I say this very humbly; I don’t think there’s a team with that level of experiencing gravitas and diversity.”

    Three-time Olympian in the sport of Biathlon, World & National Champion Lanny Barnes. (Photo: PrairieFire)

    PrairieFire Membership

    As part of its revamp and pending approval, PrairieFire would introduce a four-tier membership plan.

    At the base level sits the Frontier Plan. At $200 annually (plus a one-time $200 initiation fee), members gain unlimited access to two Frontier ranges as well as various discounts and 10% off the Pro Shop.

    Resting above Frontier is the Nevada membership. Priced with a one-time $1,000 initiation fee and $1,000 annual membership fee, this tier offers full access to all PrairieFire Nevada ranges, courses, and experiences. This includes sniper ranges, helicopter shooting experiences, an invitation to the Monster Mash tournaments, and general admission to PrairieFire competitions. Like the Frontier Plan, the Nevada plan also comes with some discounts, including 10% off at the Pro Shop.

    Membership benefits explained in the Sept. 9, 2022, court filing.

    The next tier sees the National Plan, which grants access to shooting experiences at both PrairieFire locations in Nevada and Texas (and other future facilities). This level gets members full access to all Nevada ranges, courses, and experiences and includes events like the sniper range, helicopter shooting, and Monster Mash tournaments. It also includes access to Leadership Council events and a 20% Pro Shop discount. There is a one-time initiation fee of $5,000 with an annual membership of $2,000.

    The Founder’s Club is the final tier and requires a one-time initiation fee of $10,000 and an annual membership fee of $5,000. Under this tier, members get exclusive access to all PrairieFire ranges, courses, and experiences in Nevada and Texas. This also includes special experiences included in the previous tiers. National Plan members gain access to the Leadership Council and invitations to private dinners, competitions, and events. Founder’s Club access (with lockers and a private cigar lounge), airport drop-off/pickup, and gunsmithing are also included. Discounts come with this membership level, including 20% off at the Pro Shop.

    What Happens to Current Front Sight Members?

    If approved through the bankruptcy process, current Front Sight members would become PrairieFire Frontier members automatically for two years at no cost. This includes access to unlimited shooting on two dedicated ranges on site with basic instruction.

    If Front Sight members like what they see and convert to a paying plan before the two years are up, PrairieFire will waive the initiation fee at all membership levels.

    Additionally, each Front Sight member will gain one free day of Q Academy training at PrairieFire for themselves and a guest.

    For Front Sight members who opt for a Nevada tier or higher, a 50% discount on annual membership and daily fees for 2023 and 2024 will also be included.

    (Photo: Front Sight)

    Founder’s Club will be an invitation-only membership extended to Front Sight members who have spent at least $15,000 at Front Sight on memberships and upgrades. There will only be 500 spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with PrairieFire reaching out to those members directly.

    “The theme is don’t leave anyone behind. If you’re a Front Sight member, give us an opportunity to earn your business,” Wilson said. “We’re going to earn your trust and confidence.”

    Wilson said PrairieFire has plans to ensure a smooth transition and a successful business model.

    “We have an all-star lineup from the training perspective and the business team. We plan on bringing a lot of innovation with business expertise here and invest millions of dollars to enhance the current Front Sight facilities.”

    “Don’t judge us by what we say; judge us by what we do. Just give us a chance. Come out and see if there’s a membership that fits you.”

    Bankruptcy Court Confirms PrairieFire’s Acquisition

    After awaiting its fate in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, PrairieFire announced on Nov. 21, 2022, that the company had received confirmation of its reorganization plan from the Court and will acquire 100% of the equity of Front Sight Management, Inc.

    The final order is expected to be handed down in December, at which point PrairieFire will take over operations and change the Front Sight name to PrairieFire Nevada.

    (Photo: PrairieFire)

    According to a press release, PrairieFire’s sister company, Stagecoach Outpost, LLC., will lead the development of the 550 acres that makes up Front Sight.

    “Stagecoach Outpost plans to invest heavily in the location’s real estate, lodging and hospitality assets. This site provides the ideal location to develop an authentic community that embodies the spirit of the American frontier,” Chief Executive Officer of Stagecoach Outpost Todd Reid said in a statement.

    “Our vision is to establish Stagecoach Outpost as the American community for those who want a bold, adventure-seeking lifestyle. It’s a place to live the frontier spirit that resides in many Americans.”

    Article Updated: Nov. 21, 2022, at 11:20 a.m. EST

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      john colacchio

      I was a founding member of the front sight. I had over 9000 Dollars in-store credits. I heard nothing about this takeover. Nice to know I'm out 9000 dollars and countless memberships.
      What a freaking ripe off. How do I contact the new owners?

      July 1, 2023 3:03 pm
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      Michael Ledwidge

      .my name is Michael Ledwidge, I had over 27 memberships and 32 2 and 4 day courses and about $5000 in front sight bucks, I added up what the retail worth of all off them and it was $143,000.00 I had a founder membership to end but started way back with a $50 pistol membership of a director. Is there any way to recover my losses, Dr Piazza stated way back we could sell our
      Membership back at a profit, so it was like a retirement account I was building on only to get stabbed in the back

      June 13, 2023 12:13 pm
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      Robert Schmidt

      I am uplifted by Prariefires acquisition of frontsight. My background is I am a 70 yr old physician still working full time in Pennsylvania and a dedicated shooting enthusiast. Over the last ten years I attended 220 hours of frontsight course training, which included the four day defensive handgun course 4 times . I had good and negative experiences taking the courses. I will share my thoughts on the past and future hopefully helping you achieve your goals. 1) the Nevada location worked great for 1/3 of the USA population but as I was often the participant traveling the farthest attending a course it was clear to me that a very large population in the eastern USA was having difficulty accessing the frontsight training.. I even looked into developing a frontsight type experience since approx 50,000,000 live within an 8 hour drive of northern WV , a very gun friendly state. It obviously did not coalesce into a business. My point is the people in the east and midwest desperately need firearms training. Please Consider at least letting those lifetime members of frontsight to join the Texas prariefire site/campus not the Nevada. I graduated for UTMSH, trained with “Red Duke” and love TX. More importantly it is drivable or within one flight of most of the eastern USA. The Biggest hit for prariefire would be to have a Florida campus-think pro gun state, Gov DeSantis, year round shooting weather and most of the ENTIRE USA With a no connecting flight to Orlando etc. The negatives of frontsight are legendary and I am sure you have heard them all so I won’t elaborate. I truly wish you fabulous success in this Endeavor. Bob Schmidt

      December 16, 2022 3:01 pm
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      Phillip C Bolick

      I am glad to see this change that brings more clarity and no more constant classification changes.

      December 14, 2022 8:32 pm
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      James Wathen

      I'm sorry that Front Sight bit the dust. The concept sounded great. As the levels of membership increased, I paid the fees; until I reached President. Then Piazza was dunning for $$$ (Big Bucks) to join his "exclusive" club. My wife warned me that FS sounded like a Ponzio Scheme, and I stopped pouring hard earned money down the drain. Then came the entreaties to bail out FS because Piazza gave $$$ to his conman buddy.
      My computer ate itself and I never received any information on the BK filing.
      I wonder if I will be allowed to shoot, for enjoyment, at Front Sight, or whatever the name is, now? At 74 years young, I beyond caring that I will have a "limited membership."

      December 13, 2022 8:54 pm
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      Good luck with your new firearms training center. I will not be there. I’m disappointed with the new membership fees. Please do not send me an email reply or sell my email to anyone.

      December 5, 2022 10:31 pm
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      Tom Chesterman

      I, for one, never saw the FS business model as sustainable. I did become a member, did take some classes, and was impressed by the quality of instruction for newcomers to firearms. It was a laudable goal to educate as many people as possible. (I did not find the advanced courses as good as Gunsite, but that does not detract from FS's value of training the untrained.) It's unclear to me what the final PF offering will be, and maybe it's unclear to them as well. That said, I wish them well. We need more high quality training facilities, and there are still a couple of million Californians that could benefit from training. I also would note that the FS facilities would be perfect for USPSA National Championships or an IPSC World Shoot.

      December 5, 2022 5:23 pm
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      Andrew Garrett

      I joined in 2009 through a unique process which amounted to a personal transaction with IP. Since then, I upgraded more times than I recall and gifted memberships to others. I attended several classes in that time, which redefined my skill with firearms. For that, I am grateful.
      However, my appreciation of the quality of training required me to hold my nose at the truly cringeworthy marketing and political bloviating. Then, there were all the emails telling me to hate the legal enemies of FS, because they were MY enemies--and to show my hate by shoveling money into FS. Promises, promises to keep promises, and BAM!--all promises broken. The entire 13 year email experience was exhausting the way buying a used car is exhausting. It left one in need of a shower. But I'm grateful that the email experience never showed up at the range. It was two very different FS experiences.
      I'm sure that there is much I don't understand. I'm equally sure I never will.
      I'm not super stoked that my "lifetime/all access membership" has been relegated to "entry-level with fees", but I remind myself that FS broke those promises and they are not Prariefire's to keep.
      I will wait to see if membership and participation in PF activities is for me. I have no interest in sport shooting or competition. I prefer pure training in the tactile sense, but I will consider all information they send my way.
      Honestly, I'm glad the sh_t show of the past few years is over. Good luck.
      P.S. As for the lamenting the loss of an organization that vigorously defended the 2A..., I think every bit of that image was designed to extract money from members with particular political fears.

      December 5, 2022 11:47 am
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        Merrill Berger

        Perfect break down Mr. Garrett I believe your words speak for me as well if that's okay with you, it's exactly how I feel. I live so far away from FS / PF Nevada, I now have to decide between PF or Thunder Ranch which is just a few hours drive for me, but expensive. Either way I'm back to entry level with fees it appears, but I've never taken training where I didn't learn something new or different regardless of how remedial. All I can do is remain humble and figure out what's best for me, but the loss of status, assets, and all that I accomplished is incredibly irritating. I sure hope PF retains FS trainers, they are good at what they do and good people.

        December 5, 2022 12:39 pm
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        Charles Nash

        A great summation of my experience, as well. I joined FS at about the same time you did and was a willing contributor to the "scheme" for quite a while. Obviously, we all, especially me, should have listened to our inner voice that was telling us "if it's too good to be true, ........." The hype and the hubris got Iggy. Unfortunately, he got us. as well. It sounds like Prairie Fire has a viable business plan, but time will tell. Not sure what I will do with my now worthless credits and memberships, I guess I'll print them out and put them on the wall of my reloading room to remind about being conned.

        December 10, 2022 10:12 am
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      Pardon the length I anticipate for this post, but here goes. Just came back from the final 2 Day Skill Builder class to be offered by Front Sight in its 25+ year history. As always, top-notch rangemastering and instruction, great camaraderie and an added bonus cool but not windy range conditions. PrairieFire seems to be reconsidering its previous positions regarding jettisoning the curriculum in favor of a solely "sport" facility for competitors to come and treat the 2nd Amendment like its purpose was to protect golf tournaments. Some hope there expressed by the many fine instructors and staff now left potentially without a livelihood. Front Sight was never a boot camp or destination resort for the clique of competition shooters--it has been and always remained devoted to reaching the great unwashed of Americans and their families to restore the 2nd Amendment to its rightful place in the national conversation about American values and its indispensable (for freedom) uniqueness--and the first two amendments are that uniqueness. There are some signs that PrairieFire may be recognizing this--that becoming gearheads and professional players have little to nothing to do with what the vast majority of Americans hold to be the purpose of the 2nd Amendment. PF owns the curriculum--lock, stock and barrel. There are thousands of FS members out there that were willing to accept the new terms originally offered during the bankruptcy proceedings--an annual membership fee and a daily fee for courses. While this doesn't mollify the contingent of outraged hangers-on given free memberships by other hangers-on, and who never paid a dime into FS, those of us who have benefitted for years or decades from the marketing created by Dr. Piazza allowing us to become lifetime members--obviously, now, for the life of the facility--were ready to pony up a relative pittance to keep this fantastic, never-before-seen-and-never-to-be-seen-again, unique and glorious outcropping of America alive. And for our own sake, no one else's; because we recognize its value to us and our families--a 2nd Amendment remaining alive and vital despite the inroads of globalism and its paid hacks in Washington. Detractors of FS, I get it, the relative few that lost thousands in purchases of future facilities that never arrived. You paid your money and you took your chances. I get it and understand. The rest of the vocal crew, and I am certain these are the guys with little or nothing in investment and little to no actual attendance, just following along the path of least social and thought resistance--I get that, too. And in no flattering way. What Dr. Piazza attempted to do, and succeeded in doing for nearly a quarter of a century, was create a bastion of resistance to the creep of global disarmament and enslavement of peoples and nations. If you don't see eye to eye with that, fine. If you don't see the passion and vitality that had to form behind that forming purpose, or what it must have taken for one man to take on the rest of the culture in achieving that purpose--fine. Just don't look around out there for anyone or anything else, in any other fashion, that even comes close. What's left are businesses, content with paying the mortgage and the rest of the bills and managing their ranges, not filling them up with potentially thousands of Americans daily. They have never had the purpose as part of their existence of actively working to restore the diminishing brilliance of the 2nd Amendment, that necessary "Stop or I'll shoot" directed at the degrading culture. The vast majority of FS members who actually availed themselves of this fantastic opportunity to steep themselves in a true 2nd Amendment phenomenon--and that's what it was--know whereof I speak. I personally have about 10K invested in FS over 25 years. Working it out, I calculate I spent about $200--$250 a course, whether over a 2-day or 4-day period, and took home free guns and tons of inexpensive ammo as part of the marketing inducements. And the math on that return is common to thousands of FS students. I brought lots of friends into the fold and NONE of them have been other than grateful for their experience at FS, I met tons of great people and made new friends and experienced a level of professionalism you would never understand unless you personally experienced a weekend of training with over a thousand fellow enthusiasts--husbands, moms, kids--from all over the country and world. No one else ever displayed the vision, hard work, and dedication to create a facility and staff like FS. Dr. Piazza, who spent a quarter of a century pursuing that vision and pushing it to its limits. Regardless of your animosities and persuasions, this is a hard fact. Yes, in an increasingly corrupt, politicized, vulture capitalized, propagandized American culture, the obstacles apparently won out. As an aside, as both instructor (not at FS) and student (at FS) there is no more arrogant, self-obsessed, prickly-to-the-point-of-absurdity component in the US than its gun culture. Everyone's a legend in their own mind. Experts and cults abound, fractured into prideful little groups extolling this technique, this guru, this podcast or YouTube maestro. The American gun culture pays its NRA dues and then goes back to sleep. And those who are awake, most of these "experts" running down the FS experience and curriculum never took a class themselves, never put it all on the line in front of the rest of the class in a Skills Test (and thereby discover their middling actual ability to shoot) but couldn't deride the Weaver stance enough as "ancient", "passe" in favor of God's gift of the Isosceles despite the fact that they would get rings shot around them by practically every student on the line with their support side elbow bent--if, of course, they ever showed up to take a class and not rely on "some trusted" friend who DID come to a class and subsequently ran it down. (As an aside, if they did come, I never saw a single "isosceles" proponent there, so at best--they quietly converted.) I wish PF the best--I hope they have the business acumen to recognize the incredible resource they have in owning that FS student list, and in understanding that it will be useless to them on the membership fee schedule above and likely planned daily fees. PF has a tough act to follow, and I don't know if they can figure it out. But the FS student is used to the most professional handling from arrival at the gate through 4 days of instruction with their every possible need anticipated and provided for--and at no cost, most of them, because they were given a membership. We would all pay a reasonable annual and daily fee schedule--but nothing as relatively exorbitant as I see published here. And that same level of professionalism and facility-wide care would be needed--or the student reviews would be scathing. I don't know if PF is up to the challenge. But I certainly wish them well. And I extend the heartfelt thanks of a quarter century of some of the most enjoyable times of my life to all those hundreds of FS staff, from rangemasters and instructors to administrative and maintenance personnel for all these good days. I thank Dr. Piazza for all he accomplished and all he tried to get done but was unable to complete. To all my fellow FS members--the times call for Condition Yellow more than ever.

      December 2, 2022 11:37 am
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        Did your outfit come with the big nose, rainbow wig, and the floppy shoes, or did you buy them separate? Not only is it a long paragraph, but it’s a boot licking symphony of butt kissing. Your pious drivel is obscene at best toward those who truly can see this scheme for what it is…. A way for Piazza to bilk hard working people out of hard earned money. To even infer that he has walked away a broken man with his dreams crushed is the height of arrogance. Your grifting is pathetic, and quite frankly, insulting to those who can see this for what it is… a man who screwed over thousands of people, all the way to the bank and hides behind corporate veils to continue to siphon off money from unsuspecting people just wanting to better their skills or prepare for a promised activity later in life that they invested in.

        Stop trying to paint Piazza as a victim. He is in fact the perpetrator of a con. His narcissism has taken a model that could have survived successfully if he hadn’t siphoned off $41m and driven it into a ditch, purposefully. He has lied time and time again as is apparent in his other lawsuits. This is not a second amendment savior we are talking about here. This is someone who wrapped himself in the flag of patriotism in order to dupe people.

        I can see you play similar games…

        December 3, 2022 10:34 pm
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          Front Sight the phenomenon of a training facility and Ignatius Piazza its creator are two different things entirely. Yes, a long post and in today's attention span limits, a gross violation. I don't know if you're one of those outsider critics or a former student who lost money on an investment or someone with a huge part or stake in your own lawsuit. The game I play is the game I've played, not one I haven't but pretend to be an "expert" on. For myself and thousands like me, we benefitted. We didn't fail to benefit because of the bankruptcy. If you did (because you're an actual former student), and those others who did, I get the outrage. You played a different game. The business model failed, but no other organization put more trained Americans into homes than Front Sight did, and did it in a more skilled and professional fashion. And that's as true about the organization as whatever else is true about the business model or the founder. When I hear you or other critics recognize that truth, there'll be balance in the fury and outrage.

          December 4, 2022 10:20 am
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        Amen! To all of what you said!!

        December 4, 2022 9:21 pm
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        I am a life member of front sight.
        I knew nothing about the bankruptcy that took place during this calendar year and had not received anything from Dr Ignatius Piazza and the organization for most of this year and I've been busy and I'm able to check up until now.

        My brother Charles had forwarded your notification of which he received and I couldn't understand why I never received anything being a member I should have been receiving notices all along unfortunately I never received anything and my brother who was never a founder and then member has been receiving information this last few weeks.

        I would like the new owner and CEO Mr Wilson to feel free to give me a call at any time my phone number is 813-494-3692

        I am in shock right now as I was not aware that this was all taking place and my founding lifetime membership is worthless now.

        December 10, 2022 5:48 am
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          I am same life time 22 year founding member-gold with $20,000 invested in frontsight and my account shows 0 assets. Not sure if I am understanding this correctly.

          December 10, 2022 6:23 am
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      Greg Leafe

      If you review the legal filing of praire fire it showes the IP will be a consultant and net 7miliion for his trouble. He also retained ownership of the many NFA weapons that Frontsight owned.

      November 29, 2022 8:56 pm
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        Can you provide a link to this?

        December 5, 2022 2:55 pm
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      I'm a (was) a member at FrontSight. Joined in 2011 and worked my way up to President 3. I have not received anything from anyone that explains what happened or what my future options are. I think that is something that should happen. I know what happened but not why. I hope someone that actually knows would share. Also I look forward to understanding my future options with the PrairieFire group.

      November 29, 2022 6:00 pm
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      Robin Kirk Mund

      I think this sounds great. I look forward to training with you!

      I have taken almost all my grandkids thru the defensive handgun class and always enjoyed ourselves!

      Robin Mund

      November 29, 2022 4:18 pm
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      Fred Zentgraf, Sr.

      Why did Front Sight go into bankruptcy? It was because of a thug that lied on funding promises for completion of the site's construction.

      November 28, 2022 12:15 pm
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        Knight of FS

        What I dont understand is that if this was just fraud, then why wasnt FS able to show that in court and get compensated for the fraud? If it was just fraud, the money should have been recoverable. Invested tens of thousands. Now I have lost it in this bankruptcy.

        November 28, 2022 5:59 pm
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        I'd really like to know the answer to this also... where are all the replies posted to these questions?

        November 29, 2022 5:27 pm
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        It was because Piazza siphoned $41m off over the years to shell corporations and trusts…

        December 3, 2022 10:38 pm
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      B. Anderson

      I've never been able to consider travelling for SD training. Hell, I can't even afford local rates for a 2 hour class and feed my family the same night. Making do with a mag or two of whatever .22 I can find cheapest and a couple printed off targets in the woods every 3-4 months. The local PD used to do a pistol workshop twice a year, but their funding got cut after the past couple of years so they don't do that anymore. Wish everyone involved the best, at least somebody's making money nowadays.

      November 23, 2022 8:31 am
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      Mike Doyle

      I really enjoyed my time at FS. It was a great father/Son time. Still have the shotgun that was given away after donating money to build the hotel. This is a new chapter. I’m interested in going and finding out what PF is all about. Having retired from Law Enforcement and the Military, I had the opportunity to train at all levels. Don’t discount these instructors. Most will teach real life combat shooting. I also did competitions. Learning from a strictly competition shooter offered great insights. Yes, I lost out also. But let’s see what’s around corner. Hopefully they won’t email and call me everyday like FS.

      November 16, 2022 10:04 pm
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      Doug Meade

      So am I to understand that courses will not be available to frontier members, and the courses will require a 250 per day fee?? Also I might want to remind Prairie Fire that the r o only sucks and very few people will be ponying up 1k just to come to the desert to shoot. I was fine with the 100/day fee even though that was not what was promised in the beginning but 250 to 500 PER DAY?? Well it was fun while it lasted good luck PF.

      November 15, 2022 5:49 am
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      Richard Bohman

      Are they going to contact current members with the breakdown of new offerings

      November 11, 2022 9:00 am
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      Pierrette Tanner

      To Front Sight's management.. My family was gifted a package of memberships. I personally have been to the four day handgun training three times. It's been an incredible experience ! I had a CCW for 4 years, and never carried. I didn't feel I knew my weapon well enough to carry and not have it taken from me by an attacker. As a result of the exemplary training I received, I no longer feel that way. I am definitely capable of protecting myself and my family. Thank you!
      To Prarie Fire's Management ... Though I'm sure you have the best of intentions, your plan misses the mark. The participants in Front Sight are generally NOT interested in military/police type training and/or competitions. The appeal of Front Sight was the family element, I went with my husband and son the first time, and by myself the other two times I've been. As a woman, I was never treated as inferior or incapable. I certainly would never sign up for anything remotely resembling a boot camp type atmosphere. Though my skills have increased ten fold, I have less than ZERO interest in participating in competitions. I'd like to be able to come back, as many time as I need to, and take the same confidence and skill building classes that have improved me to this point. If I wanted a more military or police type of training, I would have just joined the military or police department. Please understand your demographic. If you want to do something for the Front Sight members, offer the types of classes that drew us there to begin with. Add whatever you'd like as options, but DON'T take away the basics we LOVE! I'd also like to say, if you're going to charge exorbitant amounts for memberships and classes, I'll be foregoing your training, practice shooting in the desert near my home, and spending that money on a trip to Europe instead.

      November 10, 2022 7:38 pm
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        Dave Jackson

        I'm with you. I'm a 78 year old Vietnam vet, not a cop or a soldier wannabe. I'm not interested in competitions either.
        My family comes to Front Sight once a year to maintain our defensive handgun skills at the Four Day Handgun Course.
        Giving us two ranges to play on is pointless. I don't have to drive 1600 miles to find a gun range. What I'm interested in is the Four Day Defensive Handgun course and some of the other basic courses.
        If you want my business you'll keep the basic courses for rifle, pistol and shotgun. That should be the basis of your business plan.

        November 11, 2022 8:26 am
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          November 12, 2022 1:14 pm
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      Bruce Haden

      I first heard of and subsequently joined FS circa 2012 and have subsequently given several thousand dollars into it. Ironically I have never been to FS! Either time, health or finances got in the way. I donated because I believed in what Ignatius Piazza was trying to do. I gifted our daughter, son-in-law, wife and granddaughter with diamond memberships. We live in Flagstaff, AZ. The daughter and son-in-law went twice and had a blast. They took the 4 day defensive pistol course and the CCW course. They brought home a book for me by Brad Ackman, one of the FS employees, titled Five Years in the Trenches at FS". It will give a lot of insight into what was trying to be done. The book is available on E-Bay for 5 or 10 dollars. However we don't have a justification for spending a fair sum of money, even at the lowest level, to getting and maintaining a membership in PF. We have an indoor range 2 miles from our house, a dedicated shooting area a mile from our house, and "The Pit" 10 miles away where you can shoot a 50 BMG and nobody complains. We're going to the shooting area this Friday. My wife belongs to The Well-Armed Woman and needs to practice her stoppage drills! I wish the best for PF and hope the "resort" comes to be. Get Brad Akmans book.

      November 2, 2022 6:44 pm
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      Casey Toms

      A term sheet was just released to the public and Mr. Piazza will receive no less than $700,000 a year for no less than 10 years from the new organization as a consultant after he ruined the current club. Very false for them to say the previous owner is not involved and then are going to pay him $7,000,000 over a ten year period. My friends and family and I will steer clear of this organization as the ink hasn’t even settled and they didn’t even have the veracity to mention this arrangement.

      October 23, 2022 8:17 am
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        PrairieFire RANK

        A “consulting agreement” does not mean Dr. Piazza will be part of our operation at PrairieFire. We understand Dr. Piazza is a controversial figure in the 2A community. The key terms of the consulting term sheet are the restrictive covenants, including Dr. Piazza’s agreement not to compete with or disparage PrairieFire, and to refrain from discussing PrairieFire's business. If you have any more questions, please reach out directly to the email listed on our website. Thank you.

        October 25, 2022 9:01 pm
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          Sorry.. Nice try. PF Rank ya'll just squandered any potential good will by not being transparent and Up Front about your continued association with IP as a paid consultant. Bad start. I imagine most Lifetime FS members are not happy campers.

          December 5, 2022 11:08 pm
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      Geoff Hicks

      The fact that the leadership of Prairie Fire outright lied to the firearms community about the relationship with Piazza is enough for them to go under. Most intelligent people will steer clear of any events sponsored by this group of liars.

      October 23, 2022 8:13 am
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      Kevin Conway

      The article states that Piazza has no future employment role with PrairieFire; however it as just released in court documents that Piazza will be paid $700,000/year for 10 years ($7M) plus an additional $1M for fighting lawsuits. Good way for PF to start by lying to the readers. This deal is tainted!

      October 23, 2022 8:10 am
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        A “consulting agreement” does not mean Dr. Piazza will be part of our operation at PrairieFire. We understand Dr. Piazza is a controversial figure in the 2A community. The key terms of the consulting term sheet are the restrictive covenants, including Dr. Piazza’s agreement not to compete with or disparage PrairieFire, and to refrain from discussing PrairieFire's business. If you have any more questions, please reach out directly to the email listed on our website. Thank you.

        October 25, 2022 9:02 pm
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      Terryll Rex

      If I am losing my lifetime membership then I want a full refund of the $10,000 I paid for my lifetime family membership (my husband and myself)

      October 22, 2022 2:14 pm
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        Ken N

        That's funny.

        October 27, 2022 2:37 pm
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      Melvin Ruebeiniwitz

      So our family membership in Front Sight is like Confederate dollars, now. The new regime is going to offer crumbs. Am I suppose to pay more and hope that the rip offs don't continue? The management has to take into consideration the expense members go thorough not just in fees but is travel and lodging. We only attended one class and it was top notch. I regret not taking more classes at this may have been our last opportunity. Usually, I am a much more careful shopper.

      October 15, 2022 7:12 pm
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        Nailed it.

        November 23, 2022 8:21 am
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      For those who would have to fly in and stay at a hotel, adding the annual fees removes all incentive to choose the new facility over Gunsite; it makes the Gunsite cost much more competitive, since the travel arrangements preclude more than one class a year anyway. Perhaps some creative course scheduling might make this more attractive, since Gunsite's Monday class start date is difficult for those who work on Sundays, but otherwise I'll just opt for Gunsite going forward.

      October 15, 2022 12:22 pm
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      Debbie witcosky

      What does praise fire plan on doing with the members that were banned by Mr. Piazza, banned for no reason and explanation. I am one of those. I have been trying over and over to get reinstated by frontsight and my emails are ignored. My husband is still a member.
      Thank you
      Debbie witcosky

      October 13, 2022 1:48 pm
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      Hello Staff at Pew Pew!
      I have been a lifetime Front Sight member for about 12 years. I have taken my family and many friends to Front Sight over the years. We got exceptional training there, that was more complete and beneficial then my military, law enforcement and any other firearms training I have had, ever. However, When Dr. Piazza got into financial trouble, members like myself fell victims to his schemes to help him recover from his financial debt. I'm about to loose all my Front Sight assets and memberships that I have been able to sell or pass on to family and friends. In addition, my all inclusive lifetime membership will crumble and disappear almost as soon as the owner and management take over Front Sight. What also concerns me, are the multiple Front Sight staff and instructors who will likely be unemployed. What a shame. Myself, and all the Front Sight members who have supported Dr. Piazza with multiple membership upgrades and donations for the good of Front Sight should get at least partial refunds and an apology letter thanking us for our support over the years. In closing, I don't think Dr, Piazza meant to take advantage of us, but when I hit the wrong button about six months ago to accept a monthly administrative membership fee, the staff at Front Sight would not reverse the credit card charge, and Dr. Piazza would not answer my emails to reinstate my email account that keeps members informed and announces Front Sight deals. To say the least, this was the ultimate disrespect and plain old bad business. Thanks for listening. Please pass this on to Dr. Piazza and the staff at PrairieFire.

      October 9, 2022 8:20 pm
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        Geoff Hicks

        Piazza is as much of a "doctor" as Jill Biden.

        October 23, 2022 8:15 am
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          Pretty harsh Geoff, but true.

          October 23, 2022 11:05 am